Harry and Meghan plan to build a community relief centre in India
Harry and Meghan mark their third wedding anniversary by announcing plans to build a community relief centre in India that can be used as a vaccination hub to provide ‘healing and strength’ to locals
- Mumbai site will be based one already built on the Caribbean island of Dominica
- Couple’s say it will provide ‘relief and resilience as well as healing and strength’
- Locals in Covid hit India will be given food and medical care including vaccines
- Harry and Meghan have been calling on richer countries to give away more jabs
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle today celebrated their third wedding anniversary by revealing plans to build a disaster relief centre in India to help battle Covid-19 and recover from the pandemic.
The building in Mumbai, will be based on the blueprint of one the couple’s Archewell foundation has built on the Caribbean island of Dominica, where locals can get free food and medical care including Covid-19 vaccination.
Announcing the plans on their official website, the Sussexes, who married at Windsor Castle three years ago today, promised the proposed centre would ‘provide relief and resilience as well as healing and strength’ for those who use it.
It came as the couple demanded the equal distribution of coronavirus vaccines around the world and backed Joe Biden’s calls for big phrama companies to waive vaccine patents for poorer countries.
Announcing the new relief centre, the couple said: ‘Right now, COVID-19 cases are spiking across the entire country of India. On Tuesday, India’s total virus cases exceeded 25 million, with 260,000 new cases and 4,329 deaths reported in the past 24 hours. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost, millions have been infected, and there is widespread concern that the crisis is even worse than reported.
‘Archewell Foundation and World Central Kitchen will establish our latest community relief center in Mumbai, India, which is also home to Myna Mahila, an Indian organization focused on women’s health and employment opportunities that The Duchess of Sussex has long supported’.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle today celebrated their third wedding anniversary by revealing plans to build a disaster relief centre in India
The couple’s Archewell Foundation, working with charity World Central Kitchen, have already built a similar centre in Dominica, in the Caribbean
The Mumbai site will be equipped with a kitchen like this one installed in Dominica, to help feed the poor, unwell and destitute
Ten days ago the Duchess of Sussex made her first television appearance since the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview to urge that women are prioritised in pandemic recovery plans.
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The gulf between Prince William and Harry over the way they intend to publicly deal with their father has become seismic.
In private, the Duke of Cambridge has shared many of his brother’s views about Prince Charles’ parenting ability in the past.
However, the thought of broadcasting such private family matters in the incendiary way Harry has over the past week on an American podcast would horrify the second in line to the throne.
By contrast, William has spent the past three years attempting to privately reconcile some of the issues he had with his dad and his troubled childhood in order to smooth relations before Charles becomes king.
A royal source tells me: ‘Prince William is, of course, saddened by the recent developments because of the way Prince Harry is putting such deeply personal pain into the public domain, invading all the family’s privacy.
‘It is fair to say that, even now, William does privately have conversations about the relationship with his father, which has been strained in the past.
‘There was much hurt after his mother’s death and both brothers at times found their father’s commitment to his work difficult to comprehend.
‘Just like Harry, William has learned lessons from his upbringing and ensures he puts his family time first above any other commitment.
‘But William also believes continually developing and growing his relationship with his father is critical for the future of the monarchy.
‘They now have a lot of mutual respect and he would never even comprehend for one moment speaking publicly in the way Harry has done in the past week.’
Wearing what appeared to be a Cartier watch once owned by Princess Diana and a ‘woman’s power’ necklace charm – combining the Venus symbol and a fist – she was speaking in pre-recorded clip for a celebrity charity concert.
Her speech was seen by millions of US viewers on Saturday night watching the Global Citizen Vax Live broadcast.
Prince Harry had appeared in person at Los Angeles’ Lo-Fi stadium, addressing a large crowd to rapturous applause.
Meghan, who is soon due to give birth to the couple’s second child, is thought to have pulled out at the last minute and instead recorded her message.
Sitting in what is believed to be the garden of the £11million California mansion where she and Harry live, Meghan described how ‘women, and especially women of colour, have seen a generation of economic gain wiped out’ in the fallout from Covid-19.
She said: ‘As campaign chairs of Vax Live, my husband and I believe it’s critical that our recovery prioritises the health, safety and success of everyone – and particularly women, who have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic.
‘Since the pandemic began, nearly 5.5 million women have lost work in the US, and 47 million more women around the world are expected to slip into extreme poverty.
‘My husband and I are thrilled to soon be welcoming a daughter.
‘It’s a feeling of joy we share with millions of other families around the world. When we think of her, we think of all the young women and girls around the globe who must be given the ability and the support to lead us forward.’
The duchess opted for a £1,200 Carolina Herrera dress emblazoned with poppies as well as the £17,000 Cartier thought to have been previously owned by her husband’s late mother and presented to her as a gift.
She has previously been photographed wearing the same watch,
She was also wearing what is believed to be a £5,000 Cartier bracelet.
The Duke and Duchess were chairs of Vax Live, organised by campaign group Global Citizen which aims to encourage the equal distribution of coronavirus vaccines around the world.
The show featured live speakers and performances from Jennifer Lopez and other stars.
It was the first time Meghan has appeared on television since March, when she and Harry sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey during which she alleged a member of the Royal Family made a racist comment.
Pregnant Meghan Markle has made an appearance during the Vax Live telecast, claiming COVID has wiped out a generation of progress for women of color
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have already urged supporters to make a donation to a vaccine equity campaign to mark their son Archie’s second birthday earlier this month
Field hospitals have been set up in Mumbai, where Covid cases are out of control
Earlier this month, the Sussexes penned an open letter to five of the world’s leading Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers, urging them to share vaccines with the world’s poorest countries.
They called on all firms to temporarily suspend intellectual property rights applied to Covid vaccines, and for a ‘global public-private collaboration’ so production methods for the jabs can be shared.
As part of his speech, Harry said the vaccine ‘must be distributed to everyone, everywhere.
He added: ‘We cannot rest or truly recover until there is fair distribution to every corner of the world.
‘The mission in front of us is one we cannot afford to fail out and that’s what tonight is about.
‘The virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography. It must be accepted as a basic right for all and that is our starting point.’
Touché Harry and Meghan! Princess Beatrice reveals pregnancy on the Sussexes’ third wedding anniversary -after couple angered the Yorks by announcing they were expecting at Princess Eugenie’s wedding
Princess Beatrice revealed that she is pregnant with her first child on the Sussexes’ third wedding anniversary – after the couple angered the Yorks by announcing they were expecting at Princess Eugenie’s wedding.
The Queen’s granddaughter, 32, who tied the knot with Italian property developer Edo Mapelli Mozzi on 17 July last year, are expecting the baby in autumn 2021, Buckingham Palace announced this morning.
The Queen and both families are said to be ‘delighted’ with the news, which will have brought much joy to the monarch who is mourning the loss of her husband Prince Philip, who died last month aged 99.
Princess Eugenie’s baby will be the second grandchild for Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and the Queen’s 12th great-grandchild following the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan’s Markle’s second child in the summer.
Beatrice’s baby boy or girl will be born 11th in line to the throne, but although their mother is a princess, he or she will not have a royal title.
Only grandchildren of the monarch through the male line are automatically entitled to the styling of HRH. This means he or she will be plain Master or Miss Mapelli Mozzi.
The Queen could bestow a title on her great-grandchild if desired, but it is unlikely to be asked for.
But several royal fans took social media to point out the timing of the couple’s happy announcement, with one branding it an ‘interesting coincidence’ that the royal baby news was announced on Harry and Meghan’s third wedding anniversary.
Princess Beatrice revealed that she is pregnant with her first child on the Sussexes’ third wedding anniversary – after the couple angered the Yorks by announcing they were expecting at Princess Eugenie’s wedding. Pictured, with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi enjoying lunch al Fresco with a friend in Notting Hill, West London on 9 May
The couple tied the knot in a surprise secret wedding at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, in the grounds of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s home of Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park on 7 July 2020
The Queen has been informed and both families are delighted with the news, Buckingham Palace announced this morning (pictured)
He added: ‘Beatrice’s sister, Princess Eugenie, was said to have been surprised that Meghan chose to announce that she was pregnant to guests at her wedding in 2018.’
A second commented: ‘Here comes Karma! Lovely news too,’ while a third wrote: ‘I love it. A little karma/poetic justice.’
In their explosive book Royals At War, investigative journalists Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett claimed Meghan Markle ’embarrassed’ Prince Harry after divulging she was pregnant during Princess Eugenie’s wedding day ‘in a huge social gaffe’ which left the bride and her mother Sarah Ferguson ‘furious’.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, is said to have revealed she was carrying her first child when celebrating Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s nuptials with the rest of the Royal family on 12 October 2018.
Princess Beatrice and her husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi are expecting their first child in the Autumn and the Queen is ‘delighted’ by the news. Pictured, Princess Beatrice last spotted with mother Sarah Ferguson leaving Windsor Castle on May 15
Taking to the comments section, one person penned: ‘Here comes Karma! Lovely news too,’ while a second commented: ‘Good for them. It was spiteful what Meghan did on Eugenie’s wedding day’ (pictured)
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‘Meghan put her foot in it when she decided that it would be the ideal moment to announce that she and Harry were expecting their first child,’ the pair wrote.
‘This was a huge social gaffe, even if you were not a royal – stealing the limelight from Eugenie, who was furious, as was her mother, Sarah.’
The authors claim the announcement left Prince Harry, who is living in Montecito, California, with his wife and son, feeling ‘embarrassed’.
One royal fan who took to Twitter to comment on the timing of the news wrote: ‘Good for them, it was spiteful what Meghan did on Eugenie’s wedding day,’ while another noted: ‘I picked up on that as well.’
However, a third commented: ‘And announced exactly on Harry and Meghan’s third wedding anniversary. What a way to be petty.’
Princess Beatrice became an aunt earlier this year when her sister Eugenie gave birth to her first child, August with husband Jack Brooksbank on 9 February.
The royal was last seen being accompanied by her mother Sarah Ferguson as she drove away from Windsor castle in her personalised Range Rover on 15 May.
Princess Beatrice looked relaxed as she chatted away at the table while checking out her friend’s phone, who appeared to be showing the couple an image.
The royal was also spotted strolling through London on 4 May and concealed any hint of a baby bump by wrapping up warm in a brown coat with a black tie up belt.
Looking chic and stylish, she carried a blue Louis Vuitton Handbag with dark sunglasses as she chatted away on her phone out in Mayfair.
Since revealed their happy news, the couple have been flooded with congratulatory messages from well-wishers across the globe.
‘Ahhh lovely news! Congratulations to the couple!!! I’m so happy for them and the entire family! I can’t wait to meet him/her,’ enthused one,’ while a second suggested a touching tribute to Prince Philip and wrote: ‘I’d love a baby girl this time around. Maybe pretty Philippa.’
A third added: ‘Congratulations to the couple. The Queen was in much need of some good news after losing her puppy. This is it.’
A fourth wrote: ‘Yay! Congratulations to HRH Princess Beatrice and Edoardo! What needed happy news for the royal family!’ while a fifth commented: ‘Congratulations to them, it’s about time the Queen had some good news.’
Princess Eugenie’s baby will be the second grandchild for Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and the Queen’s 12th great-grandchild following the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan’s Markle’s second child in the summer. Pictured, line of succession
The royal was spotted strolling through London on 4 May and concealed any hint of a baby bump by wrapping up warm in a brown coat with a black tie up belt (pictured)
A rather windswept Princess wore a warm brown coat with a black tie up belt, a stylish blue Louis Vuitton Handbag with dark sunglasses as she chatted away on her phone out in Mayfair on May 4
Taking to social media, royal fans congratulated Princess Beatrice and Edo on their happy news (pictured)
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